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Lalu visits Muzaffarnagar while Mulayam parties in native village

  Lalu in Muzaffarnagar: healing touch Muzaffarnagar: while news analysts are still puzzled over the conduct of the Samajwadi party’s government in UP in Muzaffarnagar and its completely callous treatment of the Muslim riot victims there, there are other leaders who have found time for the victims. A number of volunteer groups have begun to donate woollens and other amenities to the hapless riot victims there as well. According to reports, after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, RJD chief Lalu Prasad from the neighbouring state found time to visit the camps of riot victims in Muzaffarnagar. Mr... 

India to emerge as global Solar Power with 60 solar cities across country?

    Solar power: taking charge? In early December, the World Bank said India was on the brink of becoming a global solar power. Under the government’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Phase-1 (JNNSM), which was initiated in January 2010 to promote sustainable growth, broadly expand solar power, and deal with the effects of climate change, India’s installed capacity of solar power has already jumped from about 30 megawatts to more than 2,000 MW. The World Bank noted that JNNSM has also helped bring down the cost of solar power to competitive levels — to about $0.12 per... 

Somnath Bharti: a Bihari minister in Delhi

    Somnath Bharti Nawada/ Patna: Neighbours, relatives and friends of Somnath Bharti in Bihar’s Nawada district on Wednesday celebrated the news that one of their own would soon be a minister in the Delhi government. The 39-year-old Bharti was among the six ministers named Tuesday by Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal, who is set to take oath on Saturday as the Delhi chief minister. “What a coincidence, just as the world celebrates Christmas, we too are happy and celebrating the news of Somnath Bharti being named a minister in Delhi,” Jayant Lal, Bharti’s... 

Bihar panchayat bans mobile phone for unmarried women: going the khap way?

Mobile power: under shadow? Patna: in recent times, bicycles and cell phones have been the vehicles of women’s empowerment in the villages of Bihar. But the male dominated society is wont to allow only the prescribed doses of freedom and power to the women. According to reports, a village council in Bihar has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, said a council member on Wednesday. The decision was taken on Tuesday evening at a meeting of Somgarh panchayat (council) in West Champaran district. The panchayat also threatened to impose heavy fine on the girls’ families if they... 

Bihar BJP is hungry for Modi rallies: asking for 3 more in January

    Rally of masks:more and more? Patna: is Bihar BJP expecting Narendra Modi to do its own job? Does the party feels incapable of or insecure about handling its own assignment in Bihar is the question one may ask. The state BJP is wants to get the party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi (NaMo) to address at least three more rallies in the state anytime in January. The party has even prepared a tentative list of five places – Purnia, Bhagalpur, Gaya, Motihari and Muzaffarpur – where he could address the party rallies, said its state chief Mangal Pandey on Saturday. Of them,... 

Why slums need a different garbage collection system: lessons from Pune

    Garbage Segregation: and how to avoid this? The zero-garbage project, a joint initiative of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), non-governmental organizations (NGO) and corporate sector – has found many takers in housing societies and commercial establishments, but its progress in slum areas has been slow. “Both the door-to-door collection of garbage as well as the segregation of garbage has met with a greater success in the organized housing areas when compared to the slum areas of the city. There is a need for more efforts in generating awareness in these areas,”... 

Bihar gets 68.95 lakh tourists till august, 2013: domestic tourists dominate

  Deedarganj Yakshini: Patna Museum Patna: according to reports, of the total number of 68.95 lakh tourists visiting Bihar in the first eight months of this year, 64.95 lakh comprised domestic tourists, while the number of foreign tourists stood at four lakh, the Principal Secretary (Tourism) B Pradhan stated to reporters. Bihar had received 22.5 lakh tourists last year which more than double the number of footfalls in 2007, he said. In order to woo domestic and foreign tourists, the tourism department has launched a massive publicity campaign about development of infrastructures, the Buddhist,... 

GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote products: scam ends?

    Hovering around the doc: med reps According to latest reports in the global press, GlaxoSmithKline will stop paying doctors to promote its products, the pharmaceutical giant’s chief executive said Monday, in a move that could be a first for a major drug company. In an interview with the New York Times, Andrew Witty framed the change as an effort to “try and make sure we stay in step with how the world is changing” rather than a reaction to any criticism of the industry’s perceived aggressive marketing. As part of the change in policy, Glaxo will also stop... 

How 1971 haunts Bangladesh: violence after hanging of 1971 mass murderer

    Hanging of Abdul Quader Molla Dhaka: according to reports, more than a dozen people were killed between Saturday and Sunday in Bangladesh in continuing protests sparked by the execution of a top Islamist leader, as the prime minister warned of a crackdown. Police said they opened fire after Islamist supporters torched houses and fought street battles with them during a third day of unrest over the hanging of Abdul Quader Molla for mass murder during the 1971 war of independence. Six people were killed on Sunday, including four in the northern town of Patgram, and another seven... 

Scientists discover second code hiding in DNA: does DNA language carry puns?

Duons: secret life of codons Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington associate professor of genome sciences and of medicine, made the discovery. The findings are reported in the Dec. 13 issue of Science. The work is part of the Encyclopaedia of DNA Elements Project, also known as ENCODE. The National Human Genome Research Institute funded... 
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